Body found along road ID’d as miss­ing Arkansas woman

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - DEATHS - EMILY WALKENHORST

A body found in Jef­fer­son County on Wed­nes­day is that of a 71-year-old woman who was re­ported miss­ing last week in Con­way, po­lice said Fri­day.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing Elvia Frag­stein’s death as a homi­cide, said Erin Stone, a spokesman for the Faulkner County sher­iff’s of­fice.

Frag­stein’s hus­band re­ported her miss­ing af­ter she didn’t re­turn from a shop­ping trip July 7, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the Faulkner County sher­iff’s of­fice.

Frag­stein’s ve­hi­cle, a 2013 sil­ver Honda CRV, was spot­ted in July 7 sur­veil­lance footage from the Con­way Com­mons shop­ping cen­ter. The footage showed Frag­stein’s car driv­ing through the park­ing lot “at a high rate of speed,” and ad­di­tional video showed the car be­hind the shop­ping cen­ter.

The ve­hi­cle re­mains miss­ing.

“At that point it looked like it was an ab­duc­tion case,” Stone said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors asked Jef­fer­son County au­thor­i­ties Fri­day morn­ing to see if a body dis­cov­ered Wed­nes­day in that county might be Frag­stein. Of­fi­cials con­firmed the body was Frag­stein around 1 p.m., Stone said.

The Jef­fer­son County sher­iff’s of­fice re­ceived a call Wed­nes­day morn­ing af­ter a driver spot­ted a woman’s body ly­ing close to an as­phalt drive along Gibb An­der­son Road. The road is near Pine Bluff, just south of Grider Field Ladd Road.

Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr. of the Jef­fer­son County sher­iff’s of­fice said the woman was clothed, but there was no iden­ti­fi­ca­tion on the body. De­com­po­si­tion pre­cluded of­fi­cers from re­leas­ing any kind of iden­ti­fy­ing de­tails, Woods said. Of­fi­cials be­lieved the body had been left for at least a day and a half to two days along the ru­ral road.

Faulkner County au­thor­i­ties said in their re­lease there is rea­son to be­lieve Frag­stein “was force­fully taken from Con­way” and killed by in­di­vid­u­als be­lieved to be from Jef­fer­son County.

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